“Shrek the Musical, Jr.” is the production for the 23rd year of Jerry’s Habima Theatre, Georgia’s only theatrical company featuring actors with special needs under professional direction.
The show about the green ogre and Princess Fiona will run from Thursday, Feb. 25, to Sunday, March 6, at the Marcus Jewish Community Center under the direction of Mary Nye Bennett, whose local stage experience includes the Atlanta Lyric Theatre, the Alliance Theatre, Actors Express and Theatre in the Square. The show’s run begins during Jewish Disability Awareness & Inclusion Month.
Janet Cadranel and Mona Shuman are this year’s co-chairs of Jerry’s Habima Theatre.
“For years, I have been a part of this special theater as a patron and a supporter, but now I am seeing what happens behind the scenes as well,” Shuman said.
“Having experienced this remarkable theater over the past two decades, I am overwhelmed by the magnitude of emotions that are felt by the actors, their families and the audiences,” Cadranel said.
The show stars Luke Davis as Shrek, Jared Brodie as Donkey, Margaret Whitley as Princess Fiona and Marc Wollam as Lord Farquaad. Also appearing are Bess Winebarger, Sam Gross, Patrick Robinson, Michael Silver, Mike Pelton, Mark Boehm, Michael Schwartz, Robert Grollman, Michelle Cristal, Cynthia Outman, Ali Sims, Sadie Levy, Julia Ervin, Sean Wyatt, Patrick Demick, Billy Connell, Philip Flores, Anna Kathryn Pate, Stacy Anderson, Kelly Umstead, Linda Danzig, Evan Nodvin, Evi Papazoglou, Adib Vojdani, Michelle Martes, Todd Besmertnik, Bayley Bristow, Hannah Keen, Katie Rouille, Carmine Vara, David Kilbourne, Mark Benator, Thomas Blackwell and Justin Thompson.
Performances are set for 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 and 27 and March 2, 3 and 5 and 3 and 7 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 6. For Marcus JCC members, tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for children 12 and younger; for nonmembers, the prices are $35 and $15. Call 678-812-4002, or visit www.atlantajcc.org/boxoffice.